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News - Advocacy
Thursday, September 28, 2023 12:00 AM

Celebrate the Right to Read

The first week of October is nationally observed as Banned Books Week, and here in Michigan, we’re changing the narrative. Next week, the Michigan library community and the MI Right to Read coalition are celebrating Right to Read Week and urging residents to protect their First Amendment right to read by standing up against book banning and censorship efforts in their communities.

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News - MLA
Thursday, September 28, 2023 12:00 AM

Equity, Diversity, Accessibility And Belonging Statement 2023

The Michigan Library Association Board of Directors, staff, and ambassadors pledge to engage in a sustained effort to create a culture that recognizes, enhances and promotes equity, diversity and accessibility for Michigan’s library community.

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News - MLA
Thursday, September 28, 2023 12:00 AM

Call for Nominations for the 2024 MLA Board of Directors Election

The Call for Nominations for candidates for the 2024 Board of Directors is open! Do you know someone who would be a great addition to the MLA Board of Directors? Submit a nomination! We also encourage you to self-nominate if you are interested in serving on the MLA Board. The Call for Nominations will be open through Friday, November 3.

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News - MLA
Thursday, September 28, 2023 12:00 AM

MLA Awarded Nonprofit Relief Grant

MLA has been awarded a grant of $25,000 from the Michigan Nonprofit Relief Fund, a collaborative fund of the Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

This award may be used as a general operating grant pursuant to the Department of the Treasury Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) Final Rule effective April 1, 2022.

 
News - MLA
Thursday, September 28, 2023 12:00 AM

Jenny Marr Appointed to Extended Term on MLA Board

Jenny MarrAt the MLA Board of Directors September meeting, the Board voted to appoint Jenny Marr to the seat vacated by Scott Duimstra. The Board also voted to appoint Jenny to the open seat on the Executive Committee. Jenny will fulfill the remainder of the term which ends June 30, 2025.

Jenny is the Director at Ferndale Area District Library and Chair of MLA's Advocacy and Legislative Committee.

 
News - MLA
Thursday, September 28, 2023 12:00 AM

Note From Dillon

September 28, 2023

Dillon GeshelHello and welcome to another edition of MLA’s Primary Source! Just a couple of short months ago, I couldn’t have known I’d be writing this update as the soon-to-be MLA President. In October, I’ll move into the role of MLA President as Scott Duimstra steps down and takes on a new opportunity as Library Director of the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. Congratulations to Scott and on behalf of MLA, I want to thank him for his exceptional leadership over the last year and beyond. Scott has been a thoughtful, measured leader as MLA President and among the MLA membership at large. We will miss his quick willingness to support Michigan libraries and MLA priorities, and wish him the best on his new journey.

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News - MLA
Thursday, September 28, 2023 12:00 AM

Updates to MLA Strategic Plan

Since 2019, the MLA Board of Directors has spent time and energy developing a strategic direction for MLA. Each year MLA is dedicated to revisiting it, talking through our challenges and successes to remain relevant as we address the needs of the field.

In July 2021, July 2022, and August 2023, MLA gathered a small group of key stakeholders who reviewed the planning document and made updates that addressed achievements and changes for 2021-2023, 2022-2024, and 2023-2025.

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